The soft golden sands and rolling surf is the epitome of a classic Kiwi summer scene, so we’re pumping up this popular event to celebrate everything there is to love about Mt Maunganui’s natural beachfront, island and mountain landscape at The Generation Homes Mount Swim.
Whether you’re keen on swimming around Rabbit and Leisure Islands in the long swim (extended to 2.8km this year), setting your sights on the Amphibian swim/run event, or a bit of everything, there’s loads happening in the water and on the sand to make sure you have a day full of awesome memories.
Why not make the most of this beautiful region over the Easter weekend and bring along your family or a bunch of mates! Beaches, shopping, a vibrant dining scene and countless outdoor activities like climbing up the Mount await in the beautiful Bay of Plenty.
The Generation Homes Mount Swim will also host the prestigious Global Swim Series – Global Championships for the first time ever in New Zealand! Swimmers entered in the 2.8km swim will be automatically registered for the Championship event and swim alongside some of the best in the world.
Swims on offer:
The event headquarters are located at the Mount Main Beach.
Multi-Event Pass Holders (If you have entered 2 or more swims in the series).
If you have a Multi-Event Pass, you can pick up your swim pack on Friday 2 April between 3:00 – 5:00 pm from the main event site at Mount Main Beach or on Saturday 3 April between 8:00 -10:00 am from the main event site at Mount Main Beach.
Individual event entry
If you entered The Mount Swim as a single event you must collect your swim pack on the morning of the event. Your swim pack will contain a swim cap, timing chip & velcro strap (both must be returned). You can collect your swim pack Saturday 4 April from the main event site at Mount Main Beach as follows
Around Rabbit Island 2.8k Swim: 8:00 – 9:45 am
Around Leisure Island 1250m Swim: 8:45 – 10:40 am
The Main Beach 500m Swim: 10:50 am – 12:35 pm
Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m swims: 12:00 – 1:10 pm
Amphibian: 12:00 – 1:50 pm
For safety reasons and to ensure the day runs to schedule, our swims have a cut-off time. The times vary for each swim distance.
Around Rabbit Island 2.8k Swim: 1hr 45mins
Around Leisure Island 1250m Swim: 50mins
The Main Beach 500m Swim: 20mins
Banana Boat OceanKids: 100m 5 mins & 200m 10 mins
Amphibian: 750m Swim: 30mins 4.5km Run: 45mins Total: 1hrs 10mins
Around Rabbit Island 2.8k Swim: 12 years and older
Around Leisure Island 1250m Swim: 10 years and older
The Main Beach 500m Swim: 8 years and older
Banana Boat OceanKids: 100m & 200m 7 – 10 year olds
Amphibian: 12 years and older
Please note: Amphibian combos have age limit of 12 years and above regardless of additional swim distance.
As part of your swim pack you will receive a silicon swim cap. Each start group has a different coloured cap. Start groups are determined by the speed group you selected in the entry form.
The start groups are calculated by our operations team and are organised by speed groups & entry numbers. These can vary from event to event and we are reluctant to change these as it can affect results.
Live results will be available as soon as you have crossed the finish line. The results link will be updated prior to event day
Once you have crossed the finish line one of our awesome crew will be there to meet you with some SOS Hydration or water and a Banana. You will also receive a Tasti bar with your swim pack
As part of our goal to have a greener footprint, we will no longer be offering drinking cups so please remember to bring your own drink bottle. Thanks to the awesome team at SOS Hydration, you can fill your bottle with SOS or water. Look out for our new water station and stay hydrated!
There will be two prizegivings at this event. They will both be held at the main event site on Main Beach, Mt Maunganui. There are medals for overall winners male & Female and age groups. All swimmers are welcome to stay around to celebrate and be in to win some awesome spot prizes including a blueseventy wetsuit. You have to be there to win!
Around Rabbit Island 2.8km swim & Around Leisure 1250m swim prizegiving will be held at 11:45 am.
The Amphibian prizegiving will be held at 3:15 pm
Spot prizes are randomly drawn at each compulsory safety briefing. Listen for your name and go to the registration tent after your swim and collect your prize.
The Amphibian is returning for the third year. This event gives you a new perspective of the incredible Mount Maunganui (Mauao). Prior to the event safety briefing, there will be a designated transition area to place your running shoes to change into, plus a towel to quickly dry off if you need. These will be tagged to be easily identified when you come out of the water.
The event sees you starting from the main event site with a 750m swim, in a triangular course off Mount Main Beach. On exiting the water head up to the transition area where you can put your running shoes on.
The run will take you on a 4.5km run along the beach to the start of the Mount Maunganui trail, around the base of the Mount and then back along to the beach, through the finish line arch way to the cheers of your friends and family.
If you’re traveling to the Mount for this event, be sure to visit our series partner Bachcare for a holiday home rental.
Bachcare is New Zealand’s leading short term rental management company and is excited to be partnering with the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series!
Bachcare is proud to be 100% kiwi owned and manage nearly 2,000 holiday homes throughout the country and growing every day. They have a range of holiday homes from the basic kiwi bach, to luxurious stays for those who want to turn event weekends into a full weekend getaway! Bachcare have over 114 holiday homes to choose from in the Tauranga region. Book your swim weekend accommodation with Bachcare and save with an exclusive offer to Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim entrants.
Learn more about Bachcare here
Our talented support team from Surf Life Saving NZ will be on the water every stroke of the way and the team from St John on land. Find out more here.
An area designated for gear bags will be available for all participants to store your bags while you swim (or run!). This will be situated at the main event site on Mount Main Beach. You will need to bring your own bags along.
Remember, if you’re taking part in the 2.8km or 1250m swims, you will need to drop your bag here before heading to your swim briefing down the beach. Please note, our bag storage is an ‘all care, no responsibility’ service, please do not pack valuable items.
There is plenty of car parking on the streets surrounding the main beach at Mount Maunganui, however these can go pretty quickly so be prepared for a short walk to get to the event site.
The Generation Homes Mount Swim is proud to host the 2021 Aquaknights Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships. All swimmers enrolled in a Secondary School (Year 9-13) within the Aquaknights Zone on the date of this event can opt to compete in these championships by selecting their school in the entry form. Championship swim distances include a 500m, 1250m and 2800m. Swimmers will be eligible for both Secondary School and Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series prizes and medals. For more information visit the Swimming New Zealand website. Enter by hitting the big yellow button top right!